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Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha adjourned over Bihar governor issue

August 23, 2005 12:49 IST

Lok Sabha was on Tuesday adjourned till 2 pm amidst heated exchanges between the Treasury and the Opposition benches with the latter demanding removal of Bihar Governor Buta Singh. 

As the House assembled, Bharatiya Janata Party leader V K Malhotra, supported by his party colleagues and members of the Janata Dal-United and Shiv Sena, sought the removal of the Bihar governor alleging that he had "interfered" in the functioning of the Railway Ministry.

As Malhotra further alleged that Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav had claimed that Buta Singh was his appointee, there was a furore in the House with RJD members charging the BJP leader with "misleading" it. Heated exchanges followed between both sides.

Speaker Somnath Chatterjee, while attempting to restore order, said the governor's role cannot be discussed in this manner in the House.

"You give a substantive motion and I shall consider it," he said. But heated exchanges between the two sides continued.

The Speaker allowed JD-U leader Prabhunath Singh to speak, he alleged that the Bihar governor was acting at the behest of the RJD chief and Railway Minister Lalu Yadav.

While the JD-U member of Parliament demanded the recall of Buta Singh and the removal of Lalu Yadav from the Union Cabinet, RJD leader Devendra Prasad Yadav quoted the rules to say that the governor's role cannot be discussed in the House as per the notices given by the Opposition for suspension of Question Hour and adjournment of proceedings.

Ram Gopal Yadav (Samajwadi Party) suggested to the speaker that the House be adjourned to meet at 2 pm to pass the crucial National Rural Employment Guarantee Bill.

The suggestion was supported by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and the Speaker adjourned the House till 2:00 pm. Rajya Sabha adjourned till 12:00 noon

Amidst uproarious scenes over BJP's demand for recall of Bihar Governor Buta Singh and sacking of Railway Minister Lalu Prasad, the Rajya Sabha too was on Tuesday adjourned for 30 minutes till 12:00 noon.

Trouble broke out as soon as the House met for the day with BJP member S S Ahluwalia, supported by party colleague Ravi Shankar Prasad, raising the issue of RJD chief Lalu Yadav's reported claims that the Bihar governor was his nominee.

Chairman Bhairon Singh Shekhawat repeatedly tried to prevent the agitated members from disrupting the Question Hour, but BJP members rushed to the aisle and then moved towards the Well, from where they shouted slogans.

Despite the Chair ruling that nothing would go on record, the opposition members kept chanting anti-Lalu and
anti-Bihar Governor slogans, because of which the replies to a couple of questions could not be heard.

Citing rules, Shekhawat repeatedly pleaded that since the opposition members had not given in writing the demand for suspension of the Question Hour, he could not allow them to raise the issue.

However, he said, he could give them permission after the Question Hour.

But, a determined BJP-led Opposition NDA kept raising slogans for nearly 30 minutes, forcing the Chair to adjourn the Upper House till 12:00 noon.

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